Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Marital rape mentioned
  • Sexual harassment
  • Cheating
  • Forced arranged marriage
  • Suicide
  • Pregnancy & childbirth mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Physical injuries
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a son & father
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Physical assault
  • Fire
  • Kidnapping
  • Blackmail
  • Hanging
  • Graphic animal death & dead bodies
  • Animal cruelty
  • War themes

Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 21 by Mizuho Kusanagi

Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 21 by Mizuho Kusanagi

Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Su-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when tragedy strikes her family! When Su-won hears of Riri’s abduction, he launches surprise attacks on Sei fortresses in an attempt to save her. Meanwhile, Riri leaves Yona in a forest in order to lure Sei troops away from her. Will Riri escape capture and execution? 

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slavery
  • Hanging
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The Dead Don’t Drink at Lafitte’s by Seana Kelly

The Dead Don’t Drink at Lafitte’s by Seana Kelly

I’m Sam Quinn, the werewolf book nerd owner of the Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar. Things have been busy lately. While the near-constant attempts on my life have ceased, I now have a vampire gentleman caller. I’ve been living with Clive and the rest of his vampires for a few weeks while the Slaughtered Lamb is being rebuilt. It’s going about as well as you’d expect. My mother was a wicche and long dormant abilities are starting to make themselves known. If I’d had a choice, necromancy wouldn’t have been my top pick, but it’s starting to come in handy. A ghost warns me someone is coming to kill Clive. When I rush back to… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexual assault mentioned
  • Panic attacks
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Decapitation
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Torture
  • Lynching
  • Whipping
  • Home invasion
  • Captivity & confinement
  • Hostage situation
  • Blackmail
  • Loss of autonomy
  • Grave desecration
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The Cove by Alice Clark-Platts

The Cove by Alice Clark-Platts

Welcome to Turtle Cove. A luxury resort surrounded by pristine sea and the dense beauty of the jungle, it is the perfect escape from the stresses of life and work. For couples Lou and Adam, Eliza and Noah, a few days spent relaxing on the beach, while their kids are happily distracted, is exactly what they need. But appearances can be deceiving. There’s a strange tension brewing at the resort, with relations between the hotel and the locals threatening to spill over into violence. This is nothing though compared to the strained atmosphere between the two families. They haven’t been friends for long and they are starting to realise they… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Parental abandonment mentioned
  • Child neglect recounted
  • Spousal and parental infidelity mentioned
  • Suicide, on-page
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse, on-page
  • Recreational drug use
  • Minor physical injury including mentions of burns
  • COVID-19 pandemic mentioned (epilogue)
  • Graphic dead bodies
  • Death of a husband
  • Death of a father recounted
  • Death of a mother from suicide by hanging recounted
  • Murder
  • Disappearance of a spouse & child
  • Explosion
  • Gun violence mentioned
  • Fire
  • Animal death mentioned (wild pig, fish)
  • Mentions of cruel animal hunting practices
  • Discussions of loss of business/livelihoods and traditional ways of life due to climate change
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Red Island House by Andrea Lee

Red Island House by Andrea Lee

Shay is surprised when her husband Senna declares his intention to build her a spectacular dream house on an idyllic beach in the tropical island nation of Madagascar. Shay is surprised when her husband Senna declares his intention to build her a spectacular dream house on an idyllic beach in the tropical island nation of Madagascar. At first, she’s content to be an observer of the passionate affairs and fierce ambitions and rivalries around her. But as she and her husband raise children and establish their own rituals on the island, Shay finds herself drawn ever deeper into an extra… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Misogyny
  • Child neglect
  • Suicide mentioned
  • Drug abuse
  • Miscarriage
  • Lynching
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The Kindest Lieby Nancy Johnson

The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson

It’s 2008, and the inauguration of President Barack Obama ushers in a new kind of hope. In Chicago, Ruth Tuttle, an Ivy-League educated Black engineer, is married to a kind and successful man. He’s eager to start a family, but Ruth is uncertain. She has never gotten over the baby she gave birth to—and was forced to leave behind—when she was a teenager. She had promised her family she’d never look back, but Ruth knows that to move forward, she must make peace with the past. Returning home, Ruth discovers the Indiana factory town of her youth is plagued by unemployment, racism, and despair. As she begins digging… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Drug abuse
  • Substance addiction
  • Gang violence
  • Lynching
  • Police brutality
  • Poverty
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Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Classism
  • Indentured servitude of children, discussed in-depth
  • Sexual assault, on-page
  • Child abuse
  • Forced arranged marriage
  • Gambling addiction recovery & relapse (theme)
  • Suicide mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse, recounted & discussed
  • Drugging
  • Blood & gore depiction,
  • Dead bodies & body parts
  • Needles
  • Terminal illness (plague-like), recounted & on-page
  • Depiction of starvation
  • Cannibalism mentioned
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a mother & father recounted
  • Death of children, on-page
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Torture recounted
  • Whipping recounted
  • Hanging mentioned
  • Kidnapping & captivity
  • Blackmail
  • Death by a fall recounted
  • Near-drowning incident
  • War themes discussed
  • Poverty themes & debt collection (theme)

Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

Agnes loves her home of Red Creek–its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town’s strict laws. What she doesn’t know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet. Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn’t a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek? As the Prophet grows more… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Ableism
  • Statutory rape
  • Adult-minor relationship
  • Forced child marriage & polygyny
  • Paedophilia and child sexual abuse
  • Child abuse, on-page
  • Domestic violence mentioned
  • Depression
  • Pandemic
  • Serious physical injury
  • Diabetic shock & crisis
  • Hanging mentioned
  • Kidnapping recounted
  • Cults (theme)
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Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

The Lathams seem to have it all. Health, wealth, a vibrant family life – as Mary Beth Latham contemplates a life built around home, friends and community, she has every reason to feel fulfilled and content. That is, until one of her sons begins to unravel. As Mary Beth focuses on him, she discovers that the comfortable life she has spent years constructing has been shattered by a single traumatic moment. Forced to confront her own demons, Mary Beth must face the knowledge that one secret, shameful act has set the course of her fate…

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Depression
  • Suicide by hanging
  • Murder
  • Stalking
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Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future. When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl. But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Physical & emotional child abuse
  • Human trafficking, off-page
  • Rape
  • Death of a parent
  • Hanging
  • Animal death